Spuddy Christ

Spuddy Christ

Spuddy Christ

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May 7 2008 12:05 PM

Spuddy Christ

With apologies to Dogma.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

OK, yes, it's a cross in a potato. I've seen stuff like this a zillion times, though I'll admit not one that looks quite so much like a cross with a glow behind it (or perhaps some sort of bacterial bloom). Still.

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It's a potato.

Yet, we get this:

"Everyone was deeply stirred," [Birgül] Balta [the potato's owner] told the paper. "Some of them even began to weep and to pray."

Yes. They prayed over a tuber. Seriously, if God wanted to appear to people, would He really pick a starchy root for His sign?

On the other hand, you might think, it worked. People are really excited by this. But I suspect that to the last one, these are people who already believe. If you're sitting on the fence, theologically speaking, would a potato be what pushed you over the edge?

Now, a sweet potato might be more convincing. After all, like He Himself said, "I yam that I yam".

Tip o' the shroud to Sandra Prow for sending me the news item.